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Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Latest and Greatest

Where did summer go? Seems like it slipped right from under us, but I guess that means we've been keeping busy, which is always good. :)

In July, we celebrated the 4th of July up in Lyman. For the most part we sat around and played Dominion for 7 hours straight. If you haven't played that game before, you need to. It's pretty stinkin' fun. The next weekend, we spent a couple days in Bear Lake. We always went there when I was a kid because my Great- Grandma lived right on the lake, so it's pretty nice that I married into a family that goes there every summer! Unfortunately, the weather was kind of crummy, so we didn't get to go on the lake (Rob did for about a half an hour, but then because of the rain he couldn't see...), but just being there and being able to see my Great-Grandma's house was worth the trip.

The following week, Tyson and I took a trip out to Colorado to see family and to have everyone meet Tyson! I was SO nervous taking Tyson on the plane by myself, but he was a CHAMP! He didn't cry or fuss there or back. He loved looking around and was smiling at everyone. He did such a great job. I'd totally travel with him again.

The first week of August, Tyson got his newest addition, his hearing aid!

Tyson has been diagnosed with Unilateral (one ear) severe permanent hearing loss. 

It's law in Utah for every baby to have his or her hearing tested the day they're born. Tyson failed on his left ear, so they had us come back two days later to see if it'd be better. They figured it was just fluid, but they wanted to make sure. We went back two days later and he still failed. They had us bring him back a month later, saying that the fluid would definitely be cleared up by then, and he STILL failed. Robert and I were very frustrated with the Audiologist at this point, simply because she didn't seem like she knew what she was doing and didn't know how to use her equipment (Robert had to help her with a few things...) and we didn't feel that Tyson had any problems hearing. 

She insisted that we take him to another audiologist at another hospital to get another opinion. We set up an appointment for another month with the hospital in Riverton. 

A couple of days before his appointment Rob and I were really having second thoughts on taking him and thought about canceling the appointment. But I finally decided that I'd take him and prove them all wrong.

At his appointment, the audiologist did the same test the other audiologist did, and he yet again failed. She then did 5 other tests and he failed ALL of them in his left ear. His right ear passed with flying colors. She very hesitantly told me that Tyson has hearing loss, and she was positive that it was permanent. I completely broke down in tears. The only thing that kept running through my head was "What did I do wrong?" It was probably one of the hardest things I've ever experienced. 

After some other testing, we came to find that his hearing loss is genetic (from Robert's side), and the nerve that sends sounds to the brain just didn't develop properly. That made me feel better knowing that it wasn't something that I did while I was pregnant. 

After much research and discussion, we decided to get Tyson a hearing aid right away to eliminate the possibility of  him having a speech impediment when he gets older. I'm VERY glad we made that decision. Whenever I put his hearing aid in, once it turns on he just looks and me and beams, so I know that it's making things better for him!

Aside from that, our summer has been very enjoyable. I'm sad it went so fast, but I'm VERY excited for Christmas! :) 

Robert is now going to school everyday in the morning and working at night. It's been a little tough not seeing him as much, but he's doing an amazing job at supporting our little family. He's a very hard worker and I admire him so much for that. 

As for me, I'm keeping very busy with Tyson! He's at such a fun age right row, so I'm enjoying it while it lasts!

Tyson's now 5 months old, and he is such a ham! A lady told me the other day that he looks like he's the size   of a 12 month old. Ha! Rob and I aren't really sure where he gets it, but he is definitely large for his age. At his 4 month check-up, he was in the 86th percentile for weight, 97th for height, and 93rd for head circumference.  He started eating solid food and he LOVES veggies and oatmeal. He's starting to sit on his own, and he's rolled from tummy to back. He struggles with tummy time because he's so large, but we're hoping one of these days he'll crawl... :) 

Friday, July 6, 2012

"Baby Tyson"

I just went in to check on Tyson, and as I looked at him, sleeping soundly, I couldn't help but smile. I love him so much. I know people always say that you never know true love until you have a child of your own, and I totally believe that with all my soul. As I walked out of his room, I decided that I wanted to brag about him a little bit. :)

I found out I was pregnant with Tyson the first week of August, 2011 (Almost a year ago! Holy smokes!). The only reason why I found out was because Robert kept hounding on me to take a test. I kept saying that I wasn't, but he insisted. He said that I was being super emotional. Psh. ;) I went into the bathroom, took the test, and as I washed my hands, I watched as a second pink line started to appear.

Oh. My. Gosh.

Tears filled my eyes as I opened the door. Robert was standing right there. I showed him the test and looked at him and said "I'm pregnant!!". I was shocked, excited, anxious, terrified, happy. It was so overwhelming. Robert tried not to get too excited, because he wanted to be completely sure, but I could tell in his eyes he was SO thrilled. We decided the next day I'd take another test to make sure.

Sure enough, the result was positive.

Reality started to sink in. I couldn't believe it! As many of you know, Tyson was kind of a... "surprise" child. We weren't really trying, but we weren't preventing it at the same time.

At our 8 week appointment, we sent up a time to have an ultrasound done to verify how far along I was. I was right on track at 9 weeks. Here's our first pictures of our monkey...

I had tears in my eyes as we watched out little baby move around, then we heard the heart beat. I LOST it. It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen or heard in my life. It's really a baby in there!

At 15 weeks, we found out what we were having. I had a gutt feeling from the moment I found out that I was pregnant that it was going to be a boy. My intuition was right!...

Definitely a boy. :) The ultrasound tech kept joking that he was not shy and very proud of what he has! 

Overall, my pregnancy was extremely easy and very uneventful. I never had morning sickness, I didn't really show until I was about 25 weeks, I gained the weight I needed to gain, Tyson had a perfect heartbeat every check-up and was VERY active (I had a bruised rib to prove it.). He was head down at 30 weeks, and I was dilating continuously 36 weeks on. I got very spoiled. The only issue I had was I got super disgusting swollen ankles and feet around 32 weeks.

The day I had him was about as boring of a story as my pregnancy. The day before I was having braxton hicks all day long, but I thought nothing of it because I had those all the time. It was about 10 o'clock that night that I started to have some regular contractions. I kept timing them, and they were still about 5- 7 minutes apart and they weren't very strong. I decided to take a bath to see if it would help calm them down. It didn't. It was about 12 am when my contractions started to get 1-2 minutes apart, but they still weren't really painful, so I didn't know if we should head to the hospital or not. Robert called the hospital and they suggested that I take a bath. He told them that I did. They then said that we might as well come in and get checked out. 

So, we grabbed our hospital bag and jumped in the car, not expecting much. We were kind of planning on being sent home. 

We got to the hospital and they hooked me up to the monitor to track my contractions. By then, my contractions were only 45 seconds apart, and were starting to get annoying, but still not super painful. The nurse said that I wasn't dilating fast enough, so we'd probably be sent home. But when the doctor arrived, he looked at my charts and couldn't believe how close my contractions were, and said that we weren't going home without a baby. AHHHHH!! :)

I got an epidural right away (one of the best decisions of my life!) and I pretty much just sat in my bed, chomping on ice and playing Peggle. 
Here's me in the middle of labor:


I was in labor for 10 hours, then it was time to push. I pushed for 15 minutes, and, at 10:56am, we welcomed Tyson to the world! 

Tyson James was 7 lbs, 10 oz, and 21" long.

And that's his story. Kind of boring, huh? I warned you... :) 

Tyson is now 3 month's old next week (!!!) and he is SUCH a good and happy baby. He has the sweetest personality and he loves to talk. When he actually starts to talk, he's never going to shut up. Haha! But I wouldn't have it any other way. :) I started him on a sleeping schedule around 6 weeks, and he now know's when it's bedtime, and he falls asleep  on his own. We're still trying to get the whole sleeping- through- the night thing down, but he's still a very good sleeper. He is a huge blessing in my life in more ways than you can imagine. He's made me so selfless, he's turned me into a faucet (I cry at everything!), and I would do anything for him. I can't believe I got so lucky and blessed to have the honor of having him as a part of our eternal family. And, he's pretty dang cute. ;) 

Ok. My bragging session's over. :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Just For Starter's...

I decided to start a blog, I guess for fun, and also to keep family and friends updated with our lives. Robert and I both love to write, so this should be a fun project for the both of us.

Just a little about us...

 Robert and I met in Orem, Utah in the singles ward. I had been living there for about 6 months going to Cosmetology school. I never really saw Robert around or at church because he was working graveyards at the Stouffer's factory in Springville. Robert quit in October of 2010, and that was around the time that I officially met him. After we met, we saw eachother at FHE, church, and at a couple of game nights. He had definitely caught my attention.

One night, my friend Leah and I were sitting in the hot tub, and I remember looking at her and asking if she was into Robert. I remember her saying "Nah. Why?" and I said "I think I'm going to go after him...". I can still remember the look on her face. She was so excited and she didn't waste anytime hooking us up. She arranged for him to go with us to free pie night at Village Inn and then have just him and I  go over to his place to watch a movie. I was nervous, excited, anxious, and at the same time so calm about getting to know him more.

We got to his apartment and decided to watch Avatar. At some point I had fallen asleep (I'm famous for doing that), but I woke up just in time for the end. When it was over, we sat there and just talked. About anything and everything. It was so easy to talk to him. It felt like I had known him forever and we were just catching up. We literally stayed up all night talking, then we went to Ihop for breakfast. I can still remember that he got french toast and I got pumpkin praline pancakes. :)

And the rest is pretty much history. We were inseperable. I would go to school, come home and spend the rest of the night with him. He was all that I talked about at school. I'm sure I drove my friends nuts. :) I knew after that first night that he was the man I was going to spend my eternities with. It was scary that I knew so fast, but I could not wait.

We took things pretty fast compared to most people, but I never had a doubt in my mind. We officially dated for about 3 and a half weeks, got engaged on December 2nd, 2010, and we were sealed for time and all eternity on March 17th, 2011 in the Denver Colorado Temple. It was such a beautiful day and everything went perfectly.
                                                                       The proposal:

Our wedding day:

Right after we got married, we returned to Utah were we lived in an RV for a month. Let me tell ya, we got so much crap about that, but Robert and I always talk about how we wish we could live in it again! Things were so simple and we have so many funny memories. At the beginning of May, we moved to Lyman Wyoming for the summer where Rob and I worked to save up money for an apartment. We were both very fortunate to find jobs right away.

The first week of August we found out that I was pregnant. It was so bittersweet. I was terrified, but so excited. We took two at home tests then went to the doctor's to have another test done. They were all positive. We told all of our family right away and everyone was so excited. Our little bundle of joy was due on April 18th, 2012.

We then moved Back to Orem so that Robert could go back to school in September. We moved into an older four-plex that had it's issues, but we made it home. We lived there from September until April of 2012.

On April 11th, we welcomed Tyson James to the world. He's now 2 months old (Where those two months went, I don't know), and he is SUCH a joy in our lives. He already has a very funny personality and he makes us laugh everyday. I feel so spoiled sometimes because he's such a good baby. He's already sleeping through the night (I'm talking 9pm to 6:30am!!!) and he smile's and talk's all the time. He's very content. I'll have to post another blog sometime focusing just on him.

And that leaves us to where we're at right now. We now live in Eagle Mountain and we absolutely LOVE it here. Robert's working full time at Costco, and I recently quit my job to be a full-time stay at home mom. Rob and I have been married for about a year and a half, and it has been the best year and a half of my life. :)

                                      Our one year anniversary picture. I was 35 weeks pregnant.